Held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the dinner also featured the awarding of the President's Medal for Excellence to Wall Street investment banker John S. Chalsty. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, presented Chalsty with the honor, which recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through personal or professional achievements exemplifying the University's motto, "Ever to Excel."
Speakers at the dinner included Chalsty and Jennifer Lanigan '97, a member of the Presidential Scholars Program, which attracts students from the top 2 percent of college applicants nationally to the University. Representatives of the program's first two alumni classes, 1995 and 1996, were also in attendance.
Another highlight of the dinner saw University Trustee Chairman Richard F. Syron and Trustee Associate Peter S. Lynch present an award to University Trustee John F. Farrell Jr. in recognition of his five years as co-chair of the event. Farrell co-organized the 1997 dinner with Trustee Salvatore J. Trani. Syron and Lynch co-chair the Wall Street Council, which sponsors the event.
- Sean Smith
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